EVENT | 14/07/2021
Launch of the Green Jobs Taskforce’s Report to Government, industry and the skills sector
This event launched the Green Jobs Taskforce’s report to Government, industry and the skills sector, with keynote speeches from Minister Trevelyan and Minister Keegan. It set out key recommendations to maximise job creation and skill up the workforce as the UK economy embarks on a major transition to achieve net zero emissions and reverse the decline in the natural environment.
Attendees heard the recommendations of the report from Taskforce members themselves, with four report leads discussing its findings and reaction from ministers representing the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DfE).
This report represents a call to arms across the green jobs lifecycle towards preparing the UK workforce for net zero, while also delivering the jobs and just transition needed to provide economic benefits across the UK. Its recommendations focus on three key themes on the challenges of delivering skilled workers including:
- Driving investment in green jobs and skills in the UK.
- Building pathways into good green careers.
- Ensuring a just transition for workers in high carbon sectors.
Following keynote speeches from Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change) at BEIS and Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills) at DfE, four lead members of the Taskforce discussed the report’s findings, outlining the key recommendations it makes to government to help develop the skills needed to deliver the net zero transition.
- Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change), BEIS
- Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills), Department for Education
- Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group and member of the Green Jobs Taskforce
- Theme 1 – Driving investment in green jobs and skills in the UK. Taskforce panel member: Tor Farquhar, People Director, P&O Ferries.
- Theme 2 – Building pathways into good green careers. Taskforce panel members: Yvonne Kelly, Principal and CEO, East London Institute of Technology, and Professor Dave Reay, Professor of Carbon Management and Education, Edinburgh University.
- Theme 3 – Ensuring a just transition for workers in high carbon sectors. Taskforce panel member: Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect.